Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation

Major/Minor/Specialisation !441ME-MAJ+1011 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015


Dr Dominique Hes, Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning

Assoc Professor Lu Aye, Melbourne School of Engineering


Office for Environmental Programs
Ground Floor, Walter Boas Building (building 163)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)


Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.

Energy modelling and implementation for buildings has become an important area in the light of growing concerns about climate change, energy security and the general need to adopt more sustainable practices. Despite the obvious need for people with such knowledge, there is a severe shortage of people that are trained in energy modelling who have the capacity to interpret the modelling results to effective practice. The realms of energy knowledge required include heating and cooling requirements, as well as use of day lighting and natural lighting. These skills are crucial to being able to reduce the risk in the integration of innovative sustainability initiatives, this risk reduction centres on assurances of performance and delivery of desired sustainability outcomes.

Energy modelling is a key tool for the development and adoption of energy efficiency in new and existing buildings. This course develops the skills of complex modelling informed by an understanding of the results ensuring the graduate has the ability to both interpret and communicate outcomes effectively. Units of study include a mix of building management, architecture, engineering, management, and education and communication subjects.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the Master of Environment will have:

  • Knowledge to undertake professional practice in environment or sustainability, including:
    • Specialised knowledge in an environmental discipline or field of practice, including knowledge of recent developments in this field
    • Knowledge of the cross-disciplinary nature of environmental issues and professional practice to promote sustainable futures
    • Knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to specialist field of environmental inquiry
  • Skills for collaborative and creative problem solving in environmental practice, including:
    • Ability to critically analyse and synthesise environmental knowledge
    • Ability to envision environmental change and propose pathways to realise this change
    • Ability to communicate complex environmental knowledge and research effectively to a range of audiences
    • Ability to work effectively in cross-disciplinary teams
    • Technical skills for professional practice and research in field of specialisation
  • Demonstrated capacity to:
    • Exercise well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner in an environmental discipline or professional field
    • Plan and execute a substantial project in an area of environmental research or practice

Upon successful completion of the Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation major, students will be able to:

  • Work in multi-disciplinary groups;
  • Understand the outcome of modelling and be able to both communicate and integrate them into project development and management;
  • Use results as part of business case development; and
  • Carry out the modelling or interpret the modelling of complex building with innovative environmental initiatives from passive design, complex facades, natural lighting and heating and cooling systems.
Structure & Available Subjects:

Students will be required to complete two subjects core to the degree (Sustainability, Governance and Leadership, and Interdisciplinarity and Environment), and four subjects compulsory to the specialisation. One of these subjects, Complex Building Modelling (12.5 points), contributes to a capstone experience. Knowledge from this subject will be applied to a project including research of alternative retrofit options, testing, analysis and scholarly writing of the results. This research or internship project subject will be selected from a list of available research project subjects and must have a minimum weight of 12.5 points. Students choose subjects from a recommended list of electives to make up the balance of the award. The selection of electives is made in consultation with the Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation major coordinators. A full list of subjects available within this specialisation can be found at

Subject Options:

Core Subjects

Students must take the following core subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Compulsory Specialisation Subjects

Students must complete the following compulsory specialisation subjects

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1

Compulsory Capstone Experience

Students must complete at least 12.5 points from the following compulsory capstone subjects - please note that if you select either a 25 or 50 point subject that spreads across two semesters you must enrol into the subject in both semesters (your student centre will be able to assist with this).

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
January, Semester 1, Semester 2
January, Semester 1, Semester 2

Elective Subjects

Students should make up the balance of the award from the following list of elective subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Not offered in 2015
Links to further information:

Other subjects may be approved at the discretion of the coordinators.

Related Course(s): Master of Environment

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